The alt-rock group packs a punch with Les Pauls, cranked amps, and just a few essential stomps.

Premier Guitar’s Perry Bean yacks with Nada Surf founder Matthew Caws and Doug Gillard (above)—also of Guided by Voices—before their Nashville show at the Mercy Lounge.

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We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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